Daily highlights, insights and gossip from
Robert Edwards, PSA technical director
and the "Voice of Squash" ...
Palmer & Power jet off
After losing to Nick Matthew yesterday David Palmer changed his flight and together with his girlfriend Melanie and John Power joined Tommy Berden and
Natalie Grinham on a flight to Amsterdam. At 6.30am he rang me to say that he was in Saudi Arabia with a plane that had technical problems.
Jonathon is trying to get to Montreal and David is heading for Antwerp Both to receive treatment for their injuries. Another call followed at 5pm - to say that they were still at the Airport and hoped to leave soon!
Certainly all connecting flight will be missed and they will have to spend another frustrating night before completing their travel late tomorrow evening - injury and now this! I would not like to be the official
explaining the situation Jonathon and David.
In his post match interview Lee Beachill talked of his respect for Nick Matthew and said that he saw him as a potential top 5 player in the near future.
He said that reaching this final was his biggest achievement to date. Joking about the extra prize money he said that it would come in handy as his
girlfriend had just discovered that she was pregnant.'
.... How did that happen then ?
"I gave him some cheap points at the start
but was never in trouble. I felt comfortable throughout and hope to make the
"Peter was very slow in movements on court
today. He seemed to be struggling while reading the flight of the ball. For
me, this certainly is one of my more famous victories. I haven’t played this
well in a long while."
"I didn't expect this result. No. I can
play better than that. I struggled with my length and the range. Nothing
went right today."
"I feel I am playing some decent squash
right now. However, I would still like to add that I am lacking in a bit of
match practice. I hope I can carry on with my form for the last two days of
"This is my best tournament ever. The first
time I have beaten a top three player."
"It would be a
fine thing if I win. I am deciding if I will be still on the circuit next
year. I have this niggling back injury and there is of course life outside
Tue 2nd Dec
Matthew seeks fit opponent
Nick Matthew entered the quarter-final of the Qatar Classic after a 3/1 win against Olli Tuominen.
After being congratulated by the Tournament Office personnel he commented,
"Next time I could meet someone who is fit?"
His first round opponent Jonathon Power had retired injured and it was known that Olli was sporting an injury! I did not like to mention that David Palmer his quarter-final opposition was seen sporting a elastic Bandage on his leg earlier when he beat Joe Kneipp."
‘This time I want to reach the final and
lift the trophy. I haven’t done that yet, but now I badly want to do it. I
think I am playing well enough to win here,’
‘This morning it was 50-50 for me. I
thought of pulling out of the match, but then timely treatment by the staff
here helped me making the decision of playing on. I am not feeling so good,
but I am not going to pull-out from the next match,’ Palmer said. ‘The rest
I had yesterday also helped.’
"It was a close match. Shabana is a very
attacking player and today he forced me into many mistakes. In fact, he came
up with some solid winners. Although I have never lost to him on the PSA
circuit in five or six occasions that we have met, but I think he has it in
him to upset the top-10 players"
"Nicol is right! I am not mentally tough
enough. That is the difference between me and him. He's mentally tough and
that is what separates me from the world No.1. I play great but only in
short bursts. I must overcome this shortcoming as soon as possible."
"I am glad I finally got some match
practice. I was a little tentative, but as the match progressed, I became my
normal self and played decent squash. Now I feel ready for the rest of my
stay in Doha."
Mon 1st Dec
Power crash in Doha
The last match of last night, completing the first half of the first round brought Jonathon Power and Nick Matthew into conflict. At one game all and Matthew leading 8-5 the players collided. Jonathon fell to the ground and injured his left hand. The Referee, Wendy Danzey ruled it a 'contributory Accidental injury'.
The rules allow the tournament to reschedule the match the
next day because it is a split first round.
Here's how Nick Matthew broke the news to his
National League team boss, Brian Hargrave:
"I knew David loves to play long rallies
and I tried to keep them short. Since David is a tall man, I made sure he
was kept at the back of the court because he has fine reach. I wanted to
settle into a good rhythm which I did."
"I know it is not easy for a qualifier to
play back-to-back matches within a short period of time. I have gone through
a similar development so I know how tough it is to play a top-10 player. He
must have been under quite some pressure while playing me."
"I have played Rodney before so I knew his
match tactics quite well. I played him a long while ago."
"I am glad that I have won my first match
here. I had lost in the first round at the Canadian Classic and it is good
to see that I have passed my first test here."
sticking up two fingers at the selectors, but I've proved my point without a
shadow of a doubt."
into him hard once and after that he was a bit wary of getting in the way."
Sat 29th Nov
Fri 28th Nov
Today saw the end of the PSA career of Tim Garner. When he lost 3/2
to Shahid Zaman Tim bowed out from the Tour after 10 years.
Both players have been fine adverts for the game. We will
miss them on the Tour.